Controversy has surrounded the President since he decided to go on the offensive against Representative Elijah Cummings. The president called out the conditions in Baltimore which is Cummings’ district.
Almost immediately President Trump was labeled a racist. President Trump agreed to meet with African American faith leaders amid the controversy.
After meeting with the faith leaders defended the president and affirmed he is not a racist.
According to Fox News:
President Trump met with 20 African American faith leaders on Monday as he was coming under fire for his criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Baltimore and Al Sharpton.
Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was among the faith leaders from the African American community that met with the president at the White House, called the meeting sincere and productive.
“The president spent a long time with us and the meeting was not a photo-op,” King told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning. “He’s not a racist. Absolutely is not, and the programs he has moved forward, the higher job market is helping African Americans, the criminal justice reform is helping African Americans.”
“They began to hurl insults at the president. Nobody wants to understand that,” King said. “What the president’s simply saying is your communities need to be fixed and he said to Representative Cummings, Elijah Cummings, who actually said either abort the babies now or you’ll kill them later. He says things like that and then you look at his community and you see individuals suffering, communities suffering, and families suffering.”
The feud even escalated into words being exchanged between President Trump and the Reverend Al Sharpton.